Racetrack Groom – Horse Jobs

Track Groom

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Often a starting off point for ambitions jockeys-to-be, a groom is one of the entry level jobs working with horses. Despite this fact, it takes a lot of grit and a serious knowledge of horses to do a great job.

What You Need

The groom wears a number of hats during a normal workday and many tasks will fall under their command. However this is a position that benefits from a solid knowledge of horses, strong communication skills and a strong teamwork ethic.

This is a horse job that requires a lot of time with the animals, a sense of personal responsibility is essential in a caretaker.

Job Description

The actual job description will vary from facility to facility and the groom title can encompass a number of different duties. A lot of which will depend upon the size of the facility & the amount of employees on the payroll. Regardless of the size of the establishment the groom often works directly with trainers, jockeys and exercise riders just to name a few.


Following feeding, cleaning and watering schedules
Basic horse care, bathing, brushing, clipping
Cleaning/ maintaining of tack and equipment
Basic exercise and ground work
Can be responsible for hot walking duties
Assisting vet and farrier
Following supplement and medication schedules
Basic grounds maintenance and repair
Sometimes requires the use of farm equipment


The requirements for this position will vary tremendously, some places will require a high school diploma, while others will want years of experience. That means that not only does the job vary, but so will the pay. There are courses potential racing grooms can take and as always, any formal equine education or training is always a plus.


A few places to start if you are interested in a career as a racing groom.

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British Grooms Association
Olds College

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4 Comments on “Racetrack Groom – Horse Jobs

  1. Aoife McCullagh

    Experienced 27 year old rider/worker/horse lover with qualifications available to work in Ireland.

  2. Shelby Bloom

    Hello my name is Shelby,
    I have a race horse that I have just got and I have red up on how to groom and excurcise the thoughbred horses that race. I am looking for a job on grooming, taking care, and looking after race horses. I have always wanted to get involved with thoughbred race horses. I am 17 and I am looking to find a full time job.

  3. debbie paull

    hey my is name debbie im really intersted in this area i have grown up with horses and i have had my own horses before and i have taking care of race horses im passionate about horses im looking for part time

  4. Samantha Taylor

    Hello my name is Samantha. I am in school for horse care, I currently work with horses. My daily duties are Cleaning hooves, grooming horses (30 minutes min.) Have a strong love for all animals mostly domestic animals and horses. Please contact me 2674749711. I hope to hear from someone soon.

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